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The Joy of Making

I've spent my whole life creating. I started sewing when I was 3-4 years old and never really stopped. Since I was homeschooled I had more time than the average kid to delve into every crafty thing I could possibly get my little hands on. I turned those skills into a career with my first job doing alterations at only 16 years old. From there I went to college and got degrees in Fashion Design and Theatre Costume Design. My post college years were full of stitching, freelance work, theatre sewing, and bridal alterations. It was not uncommon for me to be working 60+ hour weeks and throwing all of my passion and skills into my jobs. spending so many hours, so many years, sewing for others drained me and left me with little time or creative energy to create and make for myself. Even when I would find time I would push myself to try and create art to sell and to create a business for myself, further draining me of inspiration.

It took me going on maternity leave when I had my son to pull myself away from the cycle of freelance work. I was lucky enough to be able to take a whole year for my family and when I had to go back to work I made the decision to leave the bridal alterations behind and try something different. I started working at Joann Fabrics almost a year ago and what started as a little part time job has turned into work that I not only love but also inspires me. The best part is that when I come home at the end of the day I have the freedom to do what I like. I can choose to spend time with my family or make something, anything, that makes me happy.

I've been able to devote time to making clothes and costumes for myself and my son, silly crafts just for fun, and art when I feel the inspiration to do so. I have regained my joy in creating and it has been such a gift in my life. As much as I enjoyed my previous work it has been the best decision for me to leave that behind.

I hope that my writing and my work will help to inspire others to make, to create, and to follow their joy. I still plan to make things to sell but I am going to make the things that make me happy, things that I love and hopefully you will love them too.

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